From Publishers Weekly
Holzer has achieved international stature and will represent the U.S. in the 1990 Biennale at Venice. She adapts mass-marketing media--printed T-shirts, billboards, LED displays--with subversive texts that challenge the authority of these media as well as the messages they transmit; the artist simulates their language and form in order to dislocate her viewers (sample statement: "The family is living on borrowed time"). This catalogue, which accompanies an exhibit at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum, successfully demonstrates Holzer's varied settings: color and black-and-white photographs show her words emblazoned in unlikely areas, from Times Square to baggage carousels at airports. Unfortunately, Guggenheim deputy director Waldman's artspeak essay will generate no enthusiasm from the unconverted. Similarly, her interview with Holzer is more a showcase for Waldman's expertise than a forum for the artist.
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